World Health Assembly agrees new Health Emergencies Programme

25 May 2016 -- WHO Member States today agreed to one of the most profound transformations in the Organization’s history, establishing a new Health Emergencies Programme. The programme adds operational capabilities for outbreaks and humanitarian emergencies to complement its traditional technical and normative roles.

Zika virus strain imported from the Americas to Cabo Verde

20 May 2016 -- Sequencing of the virus in Cabo Verde by Institut Pasteur, Dakar confirms that the Zika virus currently circulating in Cabo Verde is the same as the one circulating in the Americas - the Asian type- and was most likely imported from Brazil. This is the first time that the Zika strain responsible for the outbreaks linked to neurological disorders and microcephaly has been detected in Africa.

Life expectancy increases by 5 years, but inequalities persist

19 May 2016 – Dramatic gains in life expectancy have been made globally since 2000, but major inequalities persist, according to WHO’s “World Health Statistics 2016.” This new report provides data on the health-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including current information on life expectancy, pregnancy, neglected tropical diseases, suicide, road traffic injuries, air pollution, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer.

Emergency Committee meeting on yellow fever

19 May 2016 – The first WHO convened Emergency Committee on yellow fever has met in response to the ongoing outbreak of the disease in central Africa. The Committee emphasized that the urban yellow fever outbreaks are a serious risk that warrant intensified national action and enhanced international support.

WHO calls on countries to prepare as Zika virus expected to spread in Europe

18 May 2016 – A new WHO report assesses the risk of a Zika virus disease outbreak occurring during late spring and summer in the European Region. While the overall risk is low to moderate, countries where Aedes mosquitoes are present are more likely to experience a Zika virus outbreak. WHO is supporting European countries to prepare and respond to Zika virus.

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During this year's World Health Assembly, WHO, in collaboration with UN Foundation, will produce 3 live, 45-minute broadcasts including interviews with experts about the key health issues of the assembly.

Watch from May 24–26 at 16:00 CEST.


  • Double burden of malnutrition
    May 2016 – Addressing undernutrition along with overweight and obesity, or diet-related noncommunicable diseases, within individuals, households and populations will be key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. In low- and middle-income countries, roughly 5 million children die of undernutrition-related causes every year. These same populations are also experiencing a rise in childhood overweight and obesity – increasing 30% faster than high-income countries.

Emergency reform

WHO is reforming to be better equipped to address the increasingly complex challenges of health in the 21st century through changes in programmes, governance, and management.

Zika virus and complications

After a spike in cases of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome, strongly suspected to be associated with Zika virus, WHO declared a public health emergency.


A new world, a new agenda for humanity

Bruce Aylward, WHO Executive Director a.i., Outbreaks and Health Emergencies

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